The Overnight

Hoboken resident Lillian Fasman is partaking in this 20 mile walk to raise money for the AFSP. See her letter below.

Dear friends, family, and colleagues,

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionOn the night of June 9, 2007, I will join thousands of people on a 20-mile walk as part of the Out of the Darkness Overnight to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). I am writing to you today to ask for your support of my efforts to do something bold about an issue that few people talk about.

Approximately twenty million Americans suffer from depression. Thankfully, depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses, but when left unrecognized and untreated, it often leads to suicide. I’m participating in this event to encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek treatment, erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, raise funds for suicide prevention, and to show support for the families and friends of the 30,000 Americans who die by suicide each year.

I’ve agreed to raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations. Please think about how much you can give to this cause and donate online using the link below to my personal fundraising webpage.

Your contribution in combination with thousands of others will have a serious impact on this cause. Any and every contribution will help make a difference. Checks should be made payable to AFSP and are 100% tax-deductible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for your generosity.

I encourage you to share this letter with other people who may want to lend their support as well.

All my best,
~ Lillian Fasman

P.S. Here are a few statistics about this cause that I personally find surprising and/or meaningful:

  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (7 million), cancer (6 million) and AIDS (200,000) combined.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

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